As the first touches of summer reach the Cornish coast author and photographer Matthew Button will slip quietly away on an outgoing tide, and paddle a SUP out of Plymouth with the
intention of navigating the entire length of the Cornish coast.
Bude is something like 300 miles away on the opposite coast via the viper’s teeth of the Lizard and Land’s End and between the first stroke and the last lies (is) a coast that harboured smugglers and wrecked armadas, destroyed lives and created myths and legends.
Driven by a passion for the hidden places Matt sets out on an audacious exploration of the limits of the unprepared and overly ambitious. He will paddle and wild camp his way along the coast, trawling for mackerel, gliding with the seabirds and cetaceans, and sleeping under a blanket of stars in hidden coves.
Yet the British weather will undoubtedly make a mockery of such romance; the Atlantic is as likely to tear the seas apart as to offer up perfect glass. Exhaustion and the unrelenting wind and sun, along with shipping tankers, dangerous currents and summer storms threaten to up brutality as much as beauty.
Can it be done? Of course! Can it be done by Matt? That’s more of a gamble. He doesn’t even own a SUP although he has an old sleeping bag and some tangled fishing line and feathers.
Yet it is a chance to quell the voices and free the the mind from the madness of modernity. One stroke at a time, Matt will paddle above the winnowing kelps and secret reefs, and beneath eyries and nests along the length of the untamed coast.
There is a chance to surf, dive, fish and sail but above all he hopes for the solace to be found in the silence, solitude and simple rhythms of the ocean in this deeply personal and emotional reconnection with the waters around his home as he threads a line between the tides.
The adventure will be recorded through a two-minute short film alongside a feature-length documentary. Matt’s progress will be seen through his blog and instagram, as well as through articles and endorsements. Updates and features will also be published via Drift Surfing.
ABOUT THE FILMS
While Matt is attempting the feat and journey on his own he is backed up with an awarding winning film crew and post-production team who specialise is water and air photography, filming and editing.
A Line Between the Tides will result in two amazing films a three-minute shortie and a feature-length documentary which will be entered into some of the world’s most prestigious film-festivals.
A Line Between the Tides will be shown the world over through film-festivals and via Vimeo On Demand, articles will be published through Drift Surfing and other media outlets.
Matt will be touring the country and speaking about his journey after the event.
Sponsorship packages are available and start from a simple donation of equipment through to premium major sponsor packages.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To find out more please get in touch with Matt on:
Tel: +44 (0) 7403 429 247
Image credit: Hairi